Are bugs and mosquitoes a problem?
The number of bugs vary with the season but they are not a problem! There are some mosquitoes and sand flies do occur near the river, but they are manageable. We recommend that you bring insect repellent with you; the most effective repellents contain at least 30% DEET. It is also a good idea to wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers. If you intend to do any camping or night spotting, a head torch with a red light option can be great to avoid attracting insects.
What sort of medications or immunizations do I need?
You must always consult your health professional or travel clinic before visiting another country.
Considerations will probably include:
What sort of travel documentation do I need for Guyana?
This depends on your nationality. All foreign nationals require at least a passport to enter Guyana with a minimum of 6 months validity, and some require visas as well.
Is there a safe source of drinking water?
We provide bottled or purified water for drinking.
What sort of bathroom facilities do you have?
We have flush toilets, showers and sinks. The water is not heated, but is generally fairly warm, having been heated by the sun in our storage tanks. The water in the taps is from the river, but we provide separate drinking water.
Is electricity available?
We have solar energy, as well as a generator. This enables you to charge your camera batteries, as well as power lights, it also keeps the beer cold in the fridge! But energy is limited, so we ask guests to refrain from using hair dryers, curling irons, or similar electronics.
The current is 110 volts, and we have the same wall outlets as those in the U.S. Please keep in mind, from time to time, power may not be available 24 hours a day.
What is the weather like?
As Rewa is close to the Equator, there is relatively little temperature variation throughout the year although it can be hotter between September and December and sometimes cooler in January. Nightly lows rarely drop below 22C (72F) and highs reach 35C (94F). While humidity is higher, temperatures can be lower in the rainforest than on the savannah. The Rupununi has two rainy periods each year, the main rainy season which occurs between May and August and a shorter season commonly known as the cashew or turtle rains which falls around late December and January. Humidity is higher in the main rainy season, and in general there are more insects at that time. Road travel can be hindered, but river travel is faster.
Will I be able to do laundry during my trip?
Laundry service is available at your request.
Do you have a telephone and internet?
We have no telephone but use a radio for communication with other communities such as Bina Hill and Annai, and for use in emergency situations. Wi-Fi internet is available should you need to access emails; however, it is very limited. Guests are asked not to use personal devices, but you are free to use our office computers for checking email only. We ask that you refrain from up or downloads due to the speed of our facility.
Are alcoholic beverages included?
We have local beer and rum for sale at our bar, The Laughing Arapaima.
What sort of food is served?
We serve a variety of local dishes and fruit, along with delicious tropical juices, depending what is in season. Main meals usually include fish from the river, chicken or local Rupununi beef. If you have any specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance so that we can cater to your needs. Meals are served at the Eco Lodge or in the field, depending on where our adventures take us.
How long in advance should I book my trip?
We recommend that you begin your preparations as soon as possible. We're a small lodge, and can fill up quickly. Also, we are quite isolated, so communication can take quite a bit of time. The more time you give us to prepare, the better we can make your adventure.
When is the best time to come?
The Rupununi is fabulous all year round, and each season has its own special qualities and adventures. Let us know what you are interested in experiencing and we can help guide you.
How do I get to the lodge?
Most people come to the Rupununi area by air or the Georgetown-Lethem road. Trans Guyana Airways has regularly scheduled flights to the airstrip in Annai.
The most common way to get to the lodge from Annai is to take a vehicle to Kwatamang boat landing and then a boat to the lodge. We can arrange this journey for you. It is also possible to fly by chartered flight into Apoteri and from there by boat to Rewa.
Please see our About Page for more information.
What should I pack?
Rewa's climate is tropical, and, since we can take care of your laundry, it's not essential to bring a lot with you. We hope this will guide you with your packing.
**Note that Trans Guyana Airways currently has a 20lb weight limit on internal flights. It is possible to pay a fee for extra, but due to other restrictions it may occasionally not be possible to take excess weight.
Feel free to contact us with any other questions you have!